Beethoven, Brahms & Takemitsu recording by Trio Isimsiz is an 'outstanding debut'

28 February 2018

The Trio Isimsiz have been receiving glowing reviews for their debut recording of Beethoven, Brahms & Takemitsu piano trios, released in November 2017 by Rubicon Classics.

“The Trio Isimsiz are punctilious...In the Isimsiz's hands, the melodic fragments [of Takemitsu's Between Tides] fit together like an exquisite mosaic... this is an outstanding debut disc by the Trio Isimsiz, whose unusually thoughtful interpretations are presented with dazzling technical mastery.” - Gramophone 

“An impressive debut for the Trio, it's a piano trio that already has that vital combination of unanimity of ensemble and musicianship, plus plenty of individual character and vitality.” - BBC Radio 3 Record Review 

“This trio with no name is one to remember…Brahms’s Allegro kicks things off in knockout fashion... The players display crisply delineated articulation and sparingly employed vibrato/pedal, lending a clean, high-definition quality to the music’s turbulence. The Andante brings magic of a different character, violin and cello fused tenderly and playing with a less-is-more approach to expressivity, complemented by an often achingly soft and luminous keyboard touch from Misirlioglu… Another highlight is the ‘Ghost’ Trio’s Largo: a study in tension and dynamic control... Add the cleverly chosen central Takemitsu with its 20th-century timbral tricks, and it’s hard to know how Trio Isimsiz could have bettered such artistry and distinctiveness.” - The Strad

“The Trio Isimsiz is one to watch! They are a modern trio in the best sense of the world: they are noticeably in the know about true-to-original performance practices, while displaying an intuitive feel for contemporary music and a fresh perspective on 250 years of music history. This is a CD that is worth it, as three clever musicians unearth new ideas in old pieces.” - WDR 3 TonArt

This season, the Trio can be heard performing concerts at Trondheim Chamber Music Festival and Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, and recitals at the Köln Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall.

More information about Trio Isimsiz’s debut CD can be found on the Rubicon Classics' website here. To listen to an excerpt from the first movement of Brahms's Piano Trio no. 3 in C minor, please click here.

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